Student Government

The University of Chicago

Elections

Please contact the Elections & Rules Committee Chairman, Max Freedman at mfreedman@uchicago.edu with any questions.

Winter Quarter Referendum:

Monday January 30th, 2017: The Assembly voted to initiate a Constitutional Referendum. This is the first referendum to amend the Constitution in a decade. E&R has established a timeline for carrying out this referendum as follows:

Monday, February 6th, 2017: An email will be sent to all members of the Student Association with the full text of the referendum, and information about when the election will be held and how to vote.

Monday, February 27th, 2017: Voting will open at 10:00 am and be conducted via Blueprint.

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017: Voting will close at 4:00 pm. The results of the referendum will be announced shortly thereafter and E&R will make a new version of the Constitution available for perusal.

Those interested in more substantive information about the referendum being conducted should visit the page of SG's Constitutional Review Committee.

The following positions will be filled in the 2017 Spring General Election:

  • Executive Slate: The Executive Slate is made up of the President, the Vice President for Administration, and the Vice President for Student Affairs. They are elected together each year in the spring, and are collectively responsible for the administration of Student Government. They represent graduate and undergraduate concerns to the University administration, oversee organizational projects and initiatives, and are responsible for the management of the SG budget.

  • Liaisons to the Board of Trustees: The Undergraduate and Graduate Liaisons to the Board of Trustees represent their respective constituency to the Board of Trustees. They are responsible for keeping students informed about the actions of the Board of Trustees. 

  • Community and Government Liaison: The Community and Government Liaison represents the Student Association to members of the community, and work to get students more involved in Hyde Park, Woodlawn, and the South Side in general. The Liaison serves as an ex-officio member on the Community Service Fund, and serves as SG's representative to the University Community Service Center. 

  • College Council and Graduate Council Representatives: The College Council and Graduate Council Representatives represent their respective class year or school or division to the above bodies and voice concerns on behalf of their constituents. At this time, Graduate Council Representatives are elected by their divisions in a separate elections process from the Spring General Elections. 

More information about each of these positions may be found in the SG governing documents.

Spring 2017 General Election Timeline:

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017: E&R will announce the forthcoming election by email to the Student Association. The announcement of petition availability will be included in this email.

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017: E&R will make petitions available on this website at 9:00 am.

Tuesday, April 11th, 2017: Petitions of candidacy will be due between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm in Reynolds 016. Neither early nor late petitions will be accepted. 

Thursday, April 13th, 2017: E&R will hold the mandatory candidates meeting at 4:30 pm in the South Lounge of the Reynolds Club (second floor across the atrium from Hallowed Grounds). Candidates must attend a mandatory candidates meeting to appear on the ballot. Those candidates needing accommodation for an alternate meeting time must notify the Chair of E&R prior to turning in their petition. 

Monday, April 17th, 2017 through Friday, April 21st, 2017: Candidates will be given the opportunity to table in Reynolds.

Monday, April 24th, 2017: A debate between Slates and candidates for Graduate Liaison to the Board of Trustees will be held for a graduate student audience during Graduate Council.

Tuesday April 25th, 2017: A debate between Slate candidates and Liaison candidates will be held for all members of the Student Association at 7:00 pm in Kent 107.

Friday, April 28th, 2017: E&R will host a meet and greet between candidates and constituents.

Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017: Voting will open at 10:00 am CDT on Blueprint. Students may login at blueprint.uchicago.edu. A link to the ballot will be emailed to all members of the Student Association.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: Voting will close at 4:30 pm.

Friday, May 5th, 2017: E&R will meet in Reynolds 016 to tabulate the results at 5:00 pm. After tabulation is complete, E&R will hold a press conference in the first floor of Reynolds to announce the results and to hold the ceremonial cake cutting.

Election By-Laws, Code, and Candidates Packet

The Election By-Laws, and Election Code provide guidelines for candidates and the Election and Rules Committee. Candidates should familiarize themselves with the Candidates Packet, which contains the House Rules as well as the Code and By-Laws, and which they all have signed. Note the information in the Candidates Packet has been updated by E&R. Please review the linked documents as they have changed from last year. 

Graduate Council Election Update:

At this time, Booth, BSD, Harris, IMEPritzkerPSD, and SSA have chosen to operate their own elections for Graduate Council Representatives through their divisional student governments, their dean's councils, or their area dean of students. Their election codes are available by clicking on the name of the division. Students in those divisions will receive notification by their local election authority at least two weeks prior to when their Graduate Council Elections will occur. All other graduate schools or divisions will have their elections conducted by E&R either during the Spring General Election, or during the regularly scheduled Autumn Quarter elections.

Past Elections

Results and hearings from past elections can be found here